Undergraduate Course: Advances in Programming Languages (INFR11101)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course surveys recent developments in programming language design and implementation with an emphasis on those developments which are technological advances on the state-of-the-art.
Students in APL learn about a range of significant issues in programming language design and implementation. Much of the material is presented in lectures on current topics, supported by additional reading and self-study. Students also learn through a practical exercise where they must individually research a chosen programming language innovation.
Areas covered include the following.
* The aims of language design: correctness, uniformity, practicality
* Advanced programming language constructs: overview and motivation
* Specific examples of programming language approaches to different problem domains, generally four or five drawn from areas such as:
Concurrency, memory management, security, distribution, parallelism,
verification, correctness, types, objects, classes, language interworking,
polymorphism, generics, naming, and modularity.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Comparative Programming Languages, Compilers and Syntax Directed Tools, Theoretical Computing
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Familiarity with at least one object-oriented imperative language and one functional programming language. For students taking undergraduate degrees in the School of Informatics, these will usually be Java and Haskell, respectively.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students are required to have comparable background to that assumed by the course prerequisites listed in the Degree Regulations & Programmes of Study. If in doubt, consult the course lecturer.
This course is open to full year Visiting Students only, as the course is delivered in Semester 1 and examined at the end of Semester 2.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Give examples of different programming idioms, explain their distinctive features, and illustrate the relative advantages and disadvantages of these.
- For a range of programming language features, identify the problem they were created to solve, explain the approach they take to do this, and discuss possible problems that may arise.
- Outline some of the problems arising from the interactions between different features in programming languages.
- Describe in depth a specific recent programming language innovation, explaining its motivation, implementation, and how it compares to previous approaches.
- Write working code that demonstrates the use of a novel language feature, based on technical research papers and language documentation
|Reading material will include selected technical papers on the languages featured in the course. There is no nominated textbook for the course.|
|Course organiser||Dr Ian Stark
Tel: (0131 6)50 5143
|Course secretary||Miss Clara Fraser